California law is clear: If a driver hits someone, he must stop the car, assist the victim, call 911 if necessary, and provide his name, address and vehicle information. Failure to stop is a hit and run, and if convicted, the driver could face prison or a fine of $1,000 or more.
The problem, according to Los Angeles City Atty.
Feuer has sponsored Assembly Bill 2673, which was introduced by Assemblyman
Feuer's proposal is a good one. Lawmakers have already determined that certain crimes are matters of public concern and should not be treated as private disputes that can be resolved by an agreement between the perpetrator and the victim. Misdemeanor domestic abuse and elder abuse, for example, are among the crimes that are off-limits for civil compromise because of concern that the victim will be bullied into accepting a financial settlement. But there is also a recognition that crimes that have a larger effect on society ought to have meaningful consequences so as to deter other criminals.